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Skidmore College Health Services provides accessible, caring, high-quality, cost-effective health care to a diverse student population. Health Services partners with students, their primary care providers, the campus community and the greater Saratoga Springs healthcare community. We are dedicated to respecting and protecting patient rights and interests, and educating our students, faculty, staff, and ourselves.

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There are no appointments available.


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Mumps on college campuses
December 16, 2016

Several colleges in NYS and across the country have been experiencing outbreaks of the mumps virus on their campuses. There are no cases of mumps at Skidmore. However, there are currently 63 cases of mumps at SUNY New Paltz and 14 cases at SUNY Geneseo, as well as, cases in their respective middle and high school students.

Mumps is a disease caused by a virus that infects salivary glands. Symptoms may include low grade fever, body aches, loss of appetite, headache, and swelling of the salivary glands on one or both sides of the jaw. Symptoms generally last for a week and full recovery occurs within a few weeks. Complications rarely occur.

The virus spreads through direct contact with saliva from an infected individual, i.e. respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze. The incubation phase, the time of exposure until onset of symptoms, is 10-25 days. 

Mumps can be spread easily because an infected individual can spread the virus 2-3 days prior to salivary gland swelling and for 5 days after swelling began. This means that the mumps virus can spread easily in communal settings where people are in close contact, especially on a college campus (classes, residence halls, sports teams, etc.). In recent years there has been an increase in the number of mumps cases in the United States and numerous outbreaks among college students have been reported.

New York State mandates that all college students receive 1 dose of mumps vaccine, within 30-45 days of arrival on campus. The vast majority of Skidmore students have received the mumps vaccine. It is up to 90% effective in preventing mumps.

To protect yourself and others from mumps, in addition to vaccination, the following is recommended:

Health Services has been in close contact with Saratoga County Health Department about the recent mumps outbreaks. The Public Health Department has been providing updates and would serve as a resource in the case of an outbreak situation.

Below are 2 links from the CDC with additional information.